Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Rangers will look to keep their title hopes alive when they take on Hibernian in the opening match of round 17. The Gers are nine points behind league leaders Celtic, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for the home side. All Hagi, Helander, Souttar, and Lawrence are sidelined with injuries, while Fashion Sakala is widely expected to recover in time to face the Hibs.
Meanwhile, the visitors are on a three-game losing run in the Scotland Premier League, and given their difficulties in front of goal, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. Aiden McGeady is back to contention, while both Martin Boyle and Mykola Kukharevych miss out with injuries. In their last meeting in Glasgow Rangers defeated Hibernian 2-0, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the home side. You should know that the Hibs suffered a loss in each of their last four away matches in the Premiership.
Highlighted Player (Jon McLaughlin):
Jon McLaughlin is a goalkeeper who plays for Sunderland. The 188-cm-tall shoot-stopper played for non-League sides Harrogate Railway Athletic and Harrogate Town in the past, but in 2008 he joined Bradford City. After spending six years at Valley Parade, McLaughlin signed a contract with Burton Albion and he has been playing for the Pirelli Stadium outfit ever since.
Jon McLaughlin made 45 appearances for Burton Albion in both 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons and he has established his self as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper. He was producing scintillating displays for Burton in the 2015/2016 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the team secure promotion to the Championship.
Jon McLaughlin was born on 9 September, 1987 in Edinburgh, but he has yet to make his debut for the Scotland national team. Speaking of his honours, the goalkeeper won the Football League Two play-offs with Bradford City in the 2012/2013 season.
Highlighted Team (Hibernian):
Founded in August 1875, Hibernian are the Scottish Premier League team that play home matches at Easter Road. The capacity of the venue is 20,421, and it was opened in 1893. The Hibs wear light green shirts with white sleeves and white shorts in home matches, while light grey is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Hibernian clinched their first Scottish league trophy back in the 1902/03 season, and they were the dominant force in Scottish football in the early 50s, securing three titles more from 1948 to 1952. The Easter Road outfit recorded their biggest win on September 3, 1881, with the team rolling over Black Watch Highlanders 22-1.
In February 1961, the Hibs suffered the biggest defeat in the club's history as they were beaten by Airdrie 11-1. Hibernian and Hearts face each other in the Edinburgh derby. The rivalry between the two clubs is considered one of the oldest rivalries in world football.